Ghana: Labourer Jailed 10 Years

An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a labourer to ten years imprisonment in hard labour for possessing seventeen wrappers of cannabis sativa (Wee), also known as Indian hemp.

The convict, Benjamin Amartefio, was arrested in Dansoman by some passers-by, when he accidentally caused a tipper truck to veer into a drinking spot.

The convict, who refused to check either sides of the road before crossing, forced the driver to veer off the road, as the driver was trying to save the convict from being run over.

He was arrested by people around and when searched, the said numbers of wrappers of Indian hemp were found on him.

According to the court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri, the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that the convict really had the said drug in his possession.

Moreover, the court noted that police forensic test had proven that the said dried leaves are illicit drug.

The convict had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charge of possessing narcotic drug, contrary to section 2(1) of PNDC law 236/90,

The facts of the case are that on November 2011, at about 2:56 am, the complainant was driving a tipper truck with registration number GW1857-11, and on reaching a spot close to the Merchant Bank at Dansoman, a suburb of Accra, the convict suddenly crossed the complainant's truck without looking at either sides of the road, the prosecutor, DSP Reindolf Agyemang, told the court.

According to the Prosecutor, the complainant, who was trying to prevent his truck from running over the convict, suddenly swerved and ran into a nearby drinking spot and damaging properties there.

DSP Agyemang mentioned that the convict was arrested by people around and when a search was conducted on him, 17 wrappers of dried leaves, suspected to be narcotic drug were found on him.

He indicated further that the convict was sent to the Odorkor Police Station and the suspected narcotic drug was sent to the police forensic laboratory for examination.

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